Comparative mode choice analysis of university staff commuting travel preferences
Surveying citizen preferences on transportation modes when commuting is a major issue in urban transport planning. Most of the current methods approach the problem through the attributes of choices thus forecasting the demand indirectly. This paper aims to analyze a survey of commuting students and university staff by two direct preference models: the Analytic Hierarchy Process and the Best-Worst Method. Both techniques are based on pairwise comparisons; consequently, the commuting transport alternatives can be directly compared with each other, and the results are comparable, too. However, the two methods differ in the number and the nature of comparisons and in the consistency check, thus they can be regarded as competitors. A real-world case study on commuting student groups provides a better understanding of the proposed methodology. As a result, it can be stated that despite their low utilization in the transportation field, both the Analytic Hierarchy Process and the Best-Worst Method are applicable to mode choice preference surveys, and they produce comprehensive final outcomes. Therefore, the well-known tools of mode choice can be extended by Multi-Criteria-Decision-Making techniques to increase the efficiency of transport demand prediction. The extension is beneficial to avoid the bias of other methods in converting attribute evaluations to real mode choice decision, as both models, especially the Best-Worst approach, requires less cost and time than the mainstream techniques.
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